Camino School Modernized Thanks to Measure H

by Placerville Newswire / Nov 29, 2018 / comments

[Dina Gentry]
The Camino Union School District was transformed after School Bond Measure H provided funding for a massive renovation project that took place this summer. In 2016, the community overwhelmingly supported the $4 million bond with 71% of the vote and provided the resources needed to enhance the campus which was built in 1952. 

As you walk onto campus, the first thing you notice is the bus yard was leveled and moved for contractors to expand the school’s main parking and drop off areas. The parking lot and drop off locations are divided by a fence with a designated crossing zone to streamline traffic and increase safety. Kindergarten parents now make use of their new drop-off area and gates close to the classrooms. On the lower, middle school campus, the bus yard is nestled next to the mechanic’s shop and includes a canopy to cover buses as they are washed.

Elevated exterior lighting and guardrails now outline the outside corridors. Student and staff bathrooms were completely redone, and new waterlines now separate irrigation from domestic lines to decrease the risk of contamination and regulate pressure. Water shut off valves and new septic lines, also provide safeguards. Two stormwater capture ponds were created to divert runoff into Webber Creek. Camino Polytechnic Charter School science classes are partnering with Ag in the Classroom and the County Water Agency to incorporate watershed studies into their lessons complete with research from the project engineers and tools such as rain gauges. 

The project provided revitalized grass areas, landscaping, and tree shrubs to beautify the campus. A wonderful outdoor lunch area was created with new picnic tables and cement tree boxes. Superintendent/Principal, Matt Smith, explained, “It was important that the renovations mirrored our beautiful area and the school’s history was retained. For example, local rock can be seen in the landscaping, and the original stone walls from the main buildings remained intact. The original flagpole was dedicated by the Native Sons of the Gold West, so their placard and time capsule were kept.”  

Superintendent/Principal Smith would like to thank everyone who supported this massive effort:

- Board of Trustees – Gene Wooden, Ann Wofford, Judy Morris, Bob Van Gilder, Pat Kernan
- “Measure H” Campaign Committee, and Chairperson – Judy Morris
- “Measure H” Bond Oversight Committee, President – Harry Norris
- Architects – Kirk Brainerd and Peter Berchtold
- Engineer – Seth Nisbet
- Landscape Engineer – Peter Larimer
- General Contractor – Carter Kelly Inc. – Jim Carter, Matt Vanderpool, Chad Seccombe, and Thor Askin
- Subcontractors – Gordon Vicini, Brent McDavid, Tim Land, and many others
- DSA Inspector – Jack Campbell
- Bond Financial Managers – Eastshore, Inc., Shin Green, and Michael Reminschneider
- Master Facility Planning – MimiDene Williams
- Camino Elementary and Camino Polytechnic Staff
- EDCOE Staff

“The completion of this project is a testament to Superintendent/Principal Smith’s leadership, the commitment of everyone involved, and the generosity of this dedicated community,” County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, noted.  

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